what do YOU want?

Feeling a little worn and weary at the moment–in a good way though. Because our taxes are DONE! Well, on our end anyway. I did them by myself for years, but then when we both became self-employed, and we started drowning in receipts… and shipping books all over the place… and figuring out home office and health expenses … Well, let me just give a little shout-out to Accountant Fred in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Bless you, friend, for making neat little columns and whatnot out of my mess.

Well, shoot. My plan was that I was going to let YOU all write this post, and I’m already at 100 words.

I just went back to my first post on my new blog and re-read all your comments where you introduced yourselves and told me what you’d do with $50 and stuff. Click here for a flashback, if you’d like. Sometimes I really wish I could just get all of you in a room and see you face-to-face and match you with the bits and pieces I know/remember about you. And give you hugs and stuff. Sigh. Now, hold that thought.

Several of you have chatted with me about give-aways. You’re super creative and talented, and you’re wondering if I’d ever want to highlight some of your stuff on my blog in the form of a comment-for-a-chance-to-win-this-awesome-thing sort of thing. I sure would.

So, in lieu of me running my mouth for 800+ words, I’m going to let you do some talking/typing, if you’re so inclined. Please answer any/all of the following questions:

1.In 50 words or less, how are we connected? Or tell me a little bit about yourself. How would you introduce yourself if we were all in a big room together?

2. If you could win anything in the world on someone’s blog, what would it be? (sky’s the limit)

3. If you have something you’d like to give away on my blog, what is it? (add a link if you’d like)

4. If you live in OK or TX and want to meet us at a zoo, which one? (Tulsa, OKC, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Tyler, Waco, Houston, San Antonio, and now possibly Memphis on the way home)

5. If I gave you $5, how would you spend it?

Nina and I will be spending the day with my mom and grandma. Looking forward to catching up with you when we get home! Have a wild and wanton Wednesday! (totally kidding on the wanton)

34 thoughts on “what do YOU want?

  1. Mary

    1. I tried to win your book giveaway on Big Mama’s blog. I didn’t have the patience to see if I won and bought all your books anyway! And loved them of course.
    2. This is weird but I’d love to win a Nintendo Wii! Something I probably wouldn’t buy for myself but would gratefully accept. Or just maybe a Starbucks giftcard πŸ™‚
    2a. Or a vacation. Really I would just want to win anything!!!
    3. An autographed picture?
    4. Houston of course!
    5. Tall decaf caramel machiatto. Oooh or a strawberry limeade and fries from Sonic


  2. Amy

    1. I won one of your books from Big Mama and then bought a few more. I would probably say Hi, I’m Amy.
    2. I’d love to win a car.
    3. Not really crafty.
    4. Don’t live in Texas, but if you come up to Seattle/Tacoma I’m there!
    5. Venti non fat, no water chai from Starbucks and a pumpkin scone

  3. Kimberly

    1. We’ve not met in real life, although that would be lovely. I just follow your blog. HOWEVER, if I met you’d I’d tell you that last night I dreamt that you came to speak at my church. I was so excited. But when I got there, they made me go catch mice so no one would see them and I missed the entire thing! Isn’t that crazy? πŸ™‚
    2. What would I want to win…a header, I can’t figure that out on my blog!
    3. Not really
    4. San Antonio zoo, definitely!
    5. Hmm $5 we could go get ice cream!

  4. Megan@SortaCrunchy


    I have had this post open all day (well, technically yesterday now – it’s 12:30 am. EEEEK) so I could comment. Where does the day go?

    Okay, we connected on Twitter – God’s providential Hand, I assure you.

    Would it be so totally selfish to want to win a Mac Book on someone’s giveaway? I never win anything, but I daydream a lot. A laptop/notebook of any kind would be rockin’ awesome actually.

    I cannot WAIT to meet you and Gabe and your girls and host you in our little hacienda. Hurry, April!! (but give me time to spring clean, first. hee)

  5. Conny

    I ordered your book after I didn’t win it on someone’s blog….I think. Yeah, that’s my story. Anyway, you signed the book – and I was just tickled about that – so I might have emailed you a “thank you” and then found out you had a blog….so here I am. πŸ™‚

  6. ginger

    1. I found your blog via BigMama’s. I am married, have three kids, work for a supplemental education company online & I am a bit of a math geek.

    2. I would love to win a house. I would love for my kids to have rooms I could decorate the way they want. You said the sky’s the limit!

    3. I love to crochet, but I don’t know if my stuff is give-away-able. Maybe Ill send you something & let you be the judge. πŸ˜‰

    4. I live in FL. My husband could get you passes to movies! And I would totally go to any zoo in the Orlando/Daytona Beach/Jacksonville area with you.

    5. I would probably spend $5 on food.

  7. Amy Thompson

    1. I guess I’d say that I’m a wife, mother of three and women’s ministry coordinator at a mid-sized Methodist church in Dallas.
    2. giftcards to Target or Walmart
    3. hmmm, can’t think of anything
    4. I’m hoping to go to the Dallas Zoo with you guys!
    5. pay down debt or eat lunch at Chick-Fil-A

  8. Stephanie

    1. If we were in a room together, I’d say “Hey Marla! It’s me, Stephanie – your sister.”
    2. I’m going to have to go with Kelly’s answer – a million dollars. Enough to get us out of debt and give a big chunk to everyone in my and Daniel’s immediate family, but not a billion dollars (I think that much money would change me, and I don’t want that). You can tell I’ve thought this through before. πŸ™‚
    3. Hmm…maybe a pair of earrings?
    4. I think Texas is a short 25 hour drive from Columbia. That counts, right?
    5. Either a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks or a cute notebook from Target.

  9. Denise

    1. We know each other through our hubbies. And church!
    2. Either a house or a spa day.
    3. Free advice?
    4. I wish I could stow away with you…and go. But we can go to columbus zoo together and even Buffalo!
    5. Hmmm, I really want a footlong tuna sub from subway.

  10. Baby Mama

    Hi Marla…we were friends in high school…we graduated and went our seperate ways. I heard that u had become an author…I joined Facebook and we found each other…or u found me… I ordered your books for myself and my sister…..and have been following your blog thru Facebook.

    I would love to win a trip/getaway…to any where in the U.S. or Australia.

    I am a scrapbooker….and have tons of stuff that i have been trying to decide how to get rid of…maybe over the internet would be best…that or donating it to a school.

    We live close enough that we could prob. meet at the Columbus Zoo…which we would like to take our son to this summer.

    And if you gave me $5…I would prob go to Cold Stone Creamery….or spend it on the baby. Depending on what my cravings were like at the time i got the $.

    I LOVED….this Blog. Way to go Marla…:)

  11. Sarah

    1. Found you via someone on xanga’s blog. Found out you were an author (from CU!) and read some of your books, now I read your blog daily. I probably would walk right up and give you a hug if I met you in real life πŸ™‚ That’s how I’d introduce myself. I kinda feel like I’ve known you for years.

    2. How about some cashola. We never have enough of that in our house hold πŸ™‚ If you know of anyone handing some out on their blog – let me know. I want to sign up for that giveaway πŸ™‚

    3. Wish I had something cool to give away. Nothing at the moment.

    4. Maybe we’ll talk when you come to the East Coast.

    5. If I had $5 right this second, I’d probably head to my favorite local chocolate shop and buy a couple pieces of chocolate covered pineapple & raspberries. Yummy!

  12. Traci

    1. I found your blog through BigMama’s blog I think….
    I ordered your book, “Is that all he thinks about” from you and fell in love with your honesty and wit. I really felt like I could connect with you. So, I have been reading your blog for about a month now…

    2. Probably a Target gift card….I want some new spring clothes that aren’t in the budget right now πŸ™

    3. Sorry…Nothing worth giving away around here….

    4. I am sure your zoo trips will be so much fun…but I live too far away.

    5. I would head to Sonic during happy hour and treat me and my kids to Limeades!! YUM! Plus..have change left over πŸ™‚

  13. Bailey

    1. I discovered your website through a friend of a friends blog (hm stalker maybe?), and ordered your books. Loved them… found your blog… still a stalker. Hello… I’m Bailey.

    2. A paid off home mortgage!

    3. My man’s amazing music… http://www.tylerdodds.com. Which can def. be arranged.

    4. Either DFW or San Antonio… depends on the dates… I’m 7 months prego!

    5. Did someone mention cake batter ice cream!!!!???? I should have that for lunch today.

  14. Kathleen

    1. I linked through your blog through Amanda’s blog a while back. A bit about myself…I love God, love to go deep and play hard! At 45, I LIFE IS GOOD! I would introduce myself by saying I am the one who loved your book “From Blushing Bride…” and am trying to introduce you to others. BTW one of my ministry friends reading now and has loved it too.

    2. Lunch with you, via your blog! (Any chance you’ll be in NM?)

    3. Hmm

    4. How bout NM?

    5. With $5 I would buy dark chocolate and share it w my favorite gal pals.

  15. Emily Kay

    Jennifer Faulk found me on Xanga (her hubby and I went to college together) and then I found you through her Xanga subscriptions. πŸ™‚ We haven’t “met” in real life yet, but I hope to in a few weeks when you come down to San Antonio!

    Right now, I totally want to win a car. The two babies are a little squished in my Toyota Echo but we don’t quite have the money for a bigger vehicle yet.

    $5? Probably some kind of food. πŸ™‚ I am SO hungry all the time now and I can’t seem to eat often enough! So maybe a Schlotsky’s sandwich…that sounds REALLY good right now. πŸ™‚

  16. Elizabeth

    1. I would tell you that we have many of the same ideas on just about everything, and I would write some books but you already have. They’re great, I might add!

    2.Anything in the world? A lifetime supply of reading material of my choosing. I love books, but I hardly ever buy them for myself.

    3. I don’t have anything to give away, except maybe some books!

    4. Tulsa, because I live very, very nearby. I can’t wait!

    5. I’d buy a coffee at starbucks b/c I haven’t had one in a long time.

  17. Rachele

    1. I read your book “Changing your World…” and sent you a thank you e-mail. Thanks for your response! I read your blog now and if I could meet you I’d show you a picture of my 8 month old Timothy and tell you how God used your words to encourage and calm my spirit.
    2. I would love to win a romantic weekend away with my hubby.
    3. I’m in the Bay Area – CA, so if you’re ever in the mood to visit, we’d love to have you!
    4. Like so many I’d indulge in a Starbucks πŸ™‚

  18. Justamom

    1. I first discovered you through a blogger who recommended your book “Is that all he thinks about?”; of course I bought it and am reading it. There are more connections, and I’ll email you about that sometime – it’s kind of funny. πŸ™‚
    2. If I could win anything in the world from another blog it would probably be a trip to Disney – even though my first “selfish” love would be a grand piano – but Disney for the FAMILY!
    3. I’m in Ohio – so no can do!
    4. I would probably save the $5 and wait until I was at the nearest Starbucks and indulge a little.

  19. Laurie

    1. I found your blog through BigMama’s blog I believe and now I read you everyday! I love your honesty and wit! If I introduced myself in a group I’d mention that I just celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary, have 2 teenage daughters, one of which is graduating high school this year — but I can’t possibly be THAT old! I’ve worked from home doing medical transcription for the last 13 years, married to a wonderful fireman, love my shih tzu Rookie…And I think my ipod is the coolest thing!
    2. I would love to win a beach vacation or a laptop computer.
    5. I’d spend the $5 at Starbucks – just fell in love with the caramel macchiato!

  20. deanna

    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now. I found you through another blog, although I can’t recall which one at the moment. The fact that you love the Lord and you’re funny and truthful, keeps bringing me back each day.

    If I could win something on someone’s blog….hmmm, lets see…I love anything personalized, especially jewelry and monogrammed things. But I also love to read! πŸ™‚

    I love zoos, but unfortunately don’t live close enough to any to visit you.

    If someone gave me $5.00 right now it would probably go towards lunch…possibly at Chick-fil-A!

  21. faithchick

    this is fun. you know, talking about myself. πŸ˜‰ (like i don’t do enough of that on my blog!
    1. i would first turn red, and then say hi I’m jess. and not make eye contact. but i’d smile. and i’d really want to talk to everybody, but wouldn’t be able to initiate any sort of conversation without being super nervous. and then i’d talk a million miles a minute.
    1b. i know you because of the charlotte hornets. πŸ™‚ and because of xanga. and i think i first saw you on kelly’s (adamslady) blog & then you commented on mine.

    2. i want to win a baby carrier that is cute, comfy, and actually works–that way i don’t have to decide for myself what kind to waste money one (3 kids later–i still don’t have a baby carrier that i’ve always wanted.)

    3. i’ll have to think on this. i know there’s something…but i can’t think of it!

    5. coca cola classic

  22. Jamie Nygaard

    1. I saw your comments on my friend Krista’s blog and started stalking your blog and then soon found we shared the same birthday. So…I packed up my boys headed for you home (with your permission. Wait…did I have permission?) and celebrated our birthdays together!

    2. I would want a FREE one week trip to Disney.

    3. My photographs.

    4. Can I go with you guys? πŸ™‚

    5. Anything from Starbucks.

  23. Rachel

    1. I first “met” you when I scheduled an interview with you for our Christian radio station’s daily talk show. Come to think of it, I think we actually talked on the phone a little while after that to see if we could schedule another one for Is That All He Thinks About?

    2. I’d love to win an ipod on someone’s blog! I really want one. I can’t justify buying one right now πŸ™

    3. I wish you had this post yesterday because I just gave away a copy of your book on my blog this morning!

    4. NA. Will you come to PA?

    5. If I had $5, I’d order a copy of Skirt magazine. I was thinking about submitting an article to them.

  24. Missy

    1. Xanga, although I don’t remember how. I would introduce myself simply in a large group b/c I hate drawing attention to myself unless i have info (not about me) to pass on.

    2. I just don’t know…

    3. The Bone Box…I won it on *someone’s* blog and I’m finished. πŸ˜‰

    4. Sigh…no can do…

    5. I’d put it towards our offering for our missions month coming up at church. No, I’m not super holy…just excited about it and I know that the only other thing I’d do with $5 is spend it on a Target pretzel with the kids or something. Pretzel…eternal difference…pretzel…eternal….yeah.

  25. Krysten

    1. I was given your first book by Gail S. and loved it! I now read your blog daily.

    2. A vacation to some place warm and access to a beach.

    3. I could give away pony rides.

    4. I wish I could meet you at a zoo. I would love to see Texas.

    5. I’d use $5 on half.com to buy a book or movie.

  26. Meghan

    Hi Marla,
    1. I have only posted a comment a few times. I found your blog from another blog of a lady I heard speak at our mops meeting. I don’t remember her blog now, but I still read yours. I really enjoy it, thanks!

    2. I want to win a digital camera (mine broke) or a laptop computer (I have a desktop, time to upgrade)..both just not in the budget right now.

    3. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything to share

    4. I’m in the Chicago suburbs. I would offer you and Gabe a place to stay for your upcoming speaking engagement, but its four of us living in a small condo, pretty tight. However, I do have guest passes to the Brookfield zoo if you ever need those.

    5. 5 bucks would go towards one of the above mentioned in 2.

  27. Holly V.

    1. I met you by nearly “assaulting” you at Awana after I read your name and saw you were THE REAL LIVE-AUTHOR, Marla Taviano that I had heard of!

    2. I would LOVE to win a used vehicle for my hubby. We have two on their last leg and I would love him to not be feeling the strain of that! Oh…and I’m with KELLI…I love those necklaces with your kiddos names on them! Too cool.

    3. I would love to share Christian books that are taking up my bookshelf because I’ve already read them and don’t want to just donate them to the thrift store.

    3. Live here in Columbus so TX and OK are out for me!

    4. I would spend $5.00 towards the purchase of PeiWei to share with my sweet friend.

    Hugs to you on Wednesday!

  28. Valerie

    1. I found your blog via Terri, and decided I wanted to read your books….you physically met me at Target in my frenzied “new people bashful state”.

    2. Gonna sound really stupid but I’d love to win either a baby (don’t think anyone would give that away on a blog though), or money for treatment so I can have my own….

    3. Unfortunately I don’t have any talents that I openly share with everyone (I write poems)…. so nothing to give away until if/when I breed a cat…then I could give a persian kitten away!!???? Local deliveries only please…LOL.

    4. I’d love to go with you, but it’s too late for me to get vacation time πŸ™ Now anytime you’d like to go to the Columbus Zoo let me know… I’m off Mon,Wed,Fri, and Sat now πŸ˜‰

    5. Probably some random wonderfulness found at Target, or a blue slushy with the remainder going into the piggy bank.

  29. Holly B.

    I found your book surveys through a Grace friend (Suzanne). Then, I got to know you through your blog, and through reading your fab books. Finally, we met at Xangafest 2. I’d love to win plane tickets to the States! :0)
    To introduce myself, I’d definitely start out en franΓ§ais.
    Praying for you and your fam this morning, friend!

  30. Christopher Byron

    1. I met you on Twitter. You and Gabe (@GodsMac ) are great people.

    2. I’d want to win someone to Christ, I don’t know if that can be done on a blog or not, umm….

    3. I can give away one of my paintings.

    4. I’d love to meet you guys, but I’m in FL πŸ™

    5. I’d use it when I go see Skillet. nn/

  31. Kelly Your Cousin

    1. We are cousins and I love you.
    2. It’s a toss-up between a million bucks and season tickets to the Marlins (81 games, section 145, row 1, plus an 81-game parking pass). Then again, I could buy that myself if I won a million bucks. Lets go with a million bucks.
    3. I would give away music. That’s all I’ve got.
    4. I WISH!
    5. I would probably buy food of some kind. πŸ™‚

  32. Kelli

    1. I bought your books off the internet, I fell in love with your honesty and insight, started reading your blog and now hope to meet you when you are in TX!! I am not sure how I would introduce myself… πŸ™‚
    2. I would want to win one of those really cute stamped silver necklaces with my daughter’s name on it.
    3. There is NOTHING that I have to give away – no talents.
    4. Houston Zoo
    5. If I had $5 I would go and buy the cute $2 dresses Boomama found at Walmart this week.

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